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Red Bull alternative 'halo' set for Sochi test

  • Published on 18 Apr 2016 09:46
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Red Bull is pressing on with the development of its alternative to the FIA-preferred 'halo' concept for cockpit protection for 2017. F1's governing body has played down the notion that Red Bull's open-topped, bulletproof-windshield system might get the green light.

But Red Bull chief Christian Horner said the concept will be tested anyway next week, when a wheel is fired at it while attached to a static structure. "If that goes ok, we may put it on one car very briefly in Sochi," he told British television Sky, referring to the forthcoming Russian grand prix weekend. (GMM)

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  • Bullet proof shield concept has one obvious problem, lack of airflow to the driver's face, the high speed air (low pressure) coming over the top of the shield will suck air from the high pressure zone of the cockpit area, this can lead to less breathable air for the driver not to mention lack of cooling in the cockpit area. Unless the nose S-duct is re-purposed to flood the cockpit area with air drawn in from underneath the nose cone. This has definite implications for aero down stream to the back of the car. If redbull are insisting on this they must have seen some performance benefits otherwise this is the least appealing concept out there.

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    • Apr 18 2016 - 10:53
    • khasmir

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      Interesting point. It could also pave the way for a lot of new aero developments.

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      • Apr 18 2016 - 18:32
  • jcford33

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    I was on the fence regarding the halo/closed cockpit, but after seeing so much debris being tossed upward in China and praying it didn't come down on someone, I'm convinced it's time for something.

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    • Apr 19 2016 - 03:56

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